[W1] Paris… at the turn of the 20th century.
[W2] Maybe we can’t count on selling coal to China if they’re going with nuclear.
[W4] A German couple is fighting for political asylum because returning to Germany means they can’t homeschool. Hopefully, this is a German thing we will never replicate.
[L1] Parenting has become a vehicle for parents’ self-expression.
[L2] Jonathan Mahler explains why football won’t end up like boxing.
[H1] This is a neat demonstration: A simulation of the sensation of giving birth, so men can find out what it feels like.
[H3] Companies are dropping spousal health coverage to cut costs. I actually had one of those, where as soon as I could get insurance through my employer, Clancy had to dump me from hers.
[A1] There is an ongoing war between DMV’s and people who want dirty acronyms on their license plates.
[A2] Sometimes, auto insurance rates aren’t actually based on how you drive. As some of you may recall, back when we moved northwest, some “problem” on our credit our rates to spike up 33%. Our credit ratings at the time were both above 700. To this day, we don’t know what the problem was. It disappeared when we moved to Arapaho.
[A3] Britain appears to be getting a grip on speeding.
[E1] As discussed before, I am a fan of napping at work. Err, employer-sanctioned napping, I mean. Here’s a desk for it.
[E2] From US News, a look at our complicated relationship with the minimum wage. From the WSJ, how the minimum wage hurts young workers. Also, the minimum wage’s sexist roots. (No, that latter point isn’t a particularly good argument against raising the minimum wage, but it’s interesting all the same.)
[E3] The science and economics of chain restaurants.
[E5] I have posted favorably on moveable houses and moveable hotels. How about… moveable cities.
[T2] Microsoft tried to go non-transferrable with its Office 2013 licenses, before changing its mind. The belief that one of these days they are going to come up with some way to invalidate ownership of their software is one of the things pushing me towards Linux and OpenOffice/LibreOffice.
[T3] Is the future of tech commercials negative campaigning?
[T4] Tablets still have a long way to go.
[T5] A part of me thinks that a possible return of serialized novels would become really cool. The other part of me likes to buy (and consume) in bulk anyway. It does seem to me that ebooks ought to allow for more experimentation, though.
[T6] More attempts to retire the password.
[T7] A heartwarming use for 3D printers: giving a fingerless kid a chance to play catch.
[W5] The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist.